“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo. What you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah said that. And she gets girls.
These are some of my favorite girls who’ve been with me on that limo… and also on that bus. (Left: me, Heather, Jacqueline, Jesse.)
Throughout my friendships with each of these women, I have walked in her shoes, and she has walked in mine.
On this particular evening, we were invited by a gentleman to the opening of Chapman House in downtown Rochester, Michigan. (Photo credit: Gu Chawney.)
But wait! What would I wear?!
In this kind of serious dilemma, I go to Heather: a glamorous artist, innovation consultant, and teacher who channels both Grace Kelly and Chelsea Handler. Her closet matches her trendy, urban loft: luxurious, gold, black, chic. The first time I bore witness to her impressive shoe and purse collection, she revealed to me that whether or not we like it, a woman’s value is often judged by her shoes and purse.
Crap. Really? Well then I needed to up my game. Since that conversation, it’s been my goal–much like Rachel Hollis’s intention to get herself that Louis Vuitton Speedy bag–to earn myself some luxury shoes.
But I live on a teacher’s salary. What to do?
Zappos Luxury was still way out of my price range. Nope. So then I looked into department stores, Nordstrom Rack, T.J.Maxx and Marshalls. Have you ever tried shopping for yourself, with kids, in a store? Plus those places were hit or miss, or I’d be wearing the same shoes as everybody else who shopped there during that “special sale”. Not for me.
Okay up next was Facebook marketplace and Craigslist. Again: hit or miss, plus some of those people, and their pictures of shoes, were both creepy.
I needed a new tactic. Women talk, and women love to talk about shoes. I’d just ask!
I decided if I saw a woman whose shoes I admired, I’d simply ask her where she purchased them. At first, I got a lot of the same answers: Neiman Marcus, Saks, online. Um, I’m the girl on the teacher budget, remember?
Then one day, I saw a teacher friend wearing herself some Jimmy Choo’s! So I asked her (as politely as I could muster) how a single teacher managed to finagle herself some fancy-girl shoes.
Turns out, there’s an app for that! Luxury Shoe Club (LSC).
I loved what I saw on Google. Not only were their shoes luxurious and gorgeous, but they also partner with “Dress for Success”. So I checked out their Facebook page, too. Like!
I downloaded the app to my iPhone. What did I have to lose? (Besides I was getting really tired of looking at my phone’s apps only to realize that most of them belonged to my children. Where was a fun app for myself?)
Membership? Okay, I checked it out. It’s like Costco! Since I’m Meg.in.the.Mid, I decided on the middle level membership: “Passionate”. Here’s what I get with the new launch promo.
I didn’t want to pay the $99 membership fee, but it’s waived if I trade in two pairs of my own shoes within a week. No brainer! I had nice shoes in my closet I could definitely trade in. So after I’d created my profile, I hit the “List Shoes” tab.
A really cute rainbow of pumps popped to the top of the screen. Now I had to enter the info about the shoes I was going to trade in, and the app would tell me how many points I’d get in exchange.
I was willing to trade-in my Vince Camuto strappy heels. (We had some good times, me and those shoes, but it was time to move on.)
Okay the first few questions were easy to answer: style, color, etc. Box choice stumped me. Do I use my own box? Do I ship myself? Unsure. The launch promo does say one free shipment and free shipping boxes.
I’ll emailed LSC, who replied promptly: they will send me ten shipping boxes within a week, and give me a prepaid shipping label once my shoes sell. Then I schedule a home pickup right from the app! Deal! Okay I entered Vince as the designer and what I originally paid for these–about $200 at Nordstrom.
This popped up!
Wow, I’d get 122 points for my trade! Now, I can immediately use 61 points to shop with now, even before they sell; or, I can wait until they sell, and keep those 122 in my profile balance.
The next prompt had me take six pictures by tapping on the picture boxes. Pretty easy. Successfully listed!
The app will notify me when another sister member eventually buys them.
In the meantime, I decided to have myself a “look-see” with the points I’ve earned!
Oooohhh! Super-duper cute black booties by Loeffler Randall. Dang. Me likey. But they’re 183 points. What happens if I click anyway? Bummer, red line tells me I need 85 more points, so I could either trade in another pair of mine (I’d only listed one of my two pairs so far anyway), or pay the difference: $100. Teacher budget. Let’s keep looking.
Oooohhh again! Okay found two pairs I loved: both Kate Spade. A wedge and a heel. Serious decision to be made here.
The wedge would be more useful for work, and I’d still have a balance left. Plus once my Vince’s trade, I could get the Loeffler Randall boots I really wanted. Okay, the Kate Spade wedge wins!
The only out-of-pocket money on my end was a standard $10 fee that the buyer pays for two-day shipping anywhere in the US, but that’s it. Ten bucks for Kate Spade wedges within two days?! Now we’re talkin’.
This whole process, including writing the blog, has taken me about 35 minutes. And I gotta tell ya: the LSC app is fun! It’s like shopping in your girlfriends’ closets!
And the English teacher in me can’t help but personify these shoes. Who wore them? What’s she like? Where’d they go? Now, I get to walk in her shoes, too.
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